To help ensure adults and children have a safe holiday, the American Academy of Pediatrics has compiled a list of Halloween safety tips. Before Halloween arrives, be sure to choose a costume that won't cause safety hazards.
All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistantIf children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags, or give them glow sticksWhen buying Halloween makeup, make sure it is nontoxic and always test it in a small area firstRemove all makeup before children go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation
When They’re on the Prowl
Here's a scary statistic: Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. Lack of visibility because of low lighting at night also plays a factor in these incidents. Keep these tips in mind when your children are out on Halloween night:
A responsible adult should accompany young children on the neighborhood roundsIf your older children are going alone, plan and review a route acceptable to youAgree on a specific time children should return homeTeach your children never to enter a stranger's home or carInstruct children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and stick with their friendsTell your children not to eat any treats until they return homeChildren and adults are reminded to put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don't run, across the street
Safety Tips for Motorists
Be SURE to …
- Watch for children walking on roadways
- Enter and exit driveways carefully
- At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children In dark clothing
- Discourage new, inexperienced drivers from driving on Halloween
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Smoke Detector Facts
You may need more smoke alarms than you currently have
House fires can start anywhere and for the best protection, it’s a good idea to install a smoke detector in every bedroom and each hallway outside of sleeping quarters.
Every floor of your home should have a smoke detector.
You should not paint your smoke alarm
Most smoke alarms come with a warning printed directly on them that says “do not paint.” Paint can restrict airflow and cause the alarm to have difficulty detecting a fire.
Did You Remember to Change your Smoke Detector Batteries?